HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
The cost of treatment depends on the severity of the patient's treatment needs. We will discuss fees and payment options with you before treatment begins. We have payment plans to suit different budgets, including a low down payment option. We also accept most insurance plans and we will file the necessary paperwork to your insurance company. We work hard to make orthodontics affordable to you so that you may have the best orthodontic care available worry free.
WHAT IS A GOOD AGE TO SEE AN ORTHODONTIST FOR THE FIRST TIME?
We follow the American Association of Orthodontists' recommendation that every child have an orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. Although treatment may not begin at this young age, an early examination allows us to monitor your child's development through our Observation program. This recall program is offered to you at no charge, and covers all observation appointments needed until actual treatment begins.
WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF TWO-PHASES OF ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?
Two-phase treatment is a specialized orthodontic process that combines teeth straightening with facial and jaw changes. With early treatment, (or Phase I) Dr. Williams and Dr. Robirds have the ability to correct the growth of your child's upper and lower jaws giving the adult teeth enough room to come in straight. This early correction may prevent later removal of permanent teeth to correct overcrowding and/or surgical procedures to align the upper and lower jaws.
Another good reason to consider early treatment is a case where the position of the teeth are affecting the child's appearance to the extent that it is negative to their self-esteem or is the cause of teasing at school. Often, because of the embarrassment they will not talk about this or will deny that it bothers them. Whether it is fair or not, the reality is that appearances have a lot to do with how a person is judged or accepted and children going into adolescence can be especially sensitive.
Once the first phase of treatment is complete there is a resting period while the remaining permanent teeth are erupting. Dr. Williams or Dr. Robirds will continue to evaluate your child about every 6 months for the proper time to begin any necessary second phase of treatment.
WILL IT HURT?
Most people have some discomfort after their braces are first put on or adjusted during treatment. Patients can usually manage this discomfort well with whichever pain medication they might commonly take for a headache. The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. Overall, the discomfort is short-lived and easily managed.
HOW OFTEN WILL I HAVE TO COME?
Most patients in braces will be seen every 4 to 8 weeks depending on their needs.
HOW LONG WILL I HAVE TO WEAR BRACES?
In general, orthodontic treatment ranges from one to three years. The actual time depends on the severity of the problem and the cooperation of the patient. Mild problems usually require less time and some individuals respond faster to treatment than others.
WHAT CAN I EAT?
Although you can enjoy most of the same foods you did before getting your braces, you should avoid hard, crunchy and sticky foods that can damage your braces. Examples of these are Ice, Hard Pizza Crust Edge, Hard Pretzels, Chips, Hard Candy, Taffy, Beef Jerky, Suckers, Popcorn, Sodas, Nuts, and Apples. Eating these types of foods could loosen or knock off the bracket or could bend the wires, thus extending your treatment time.
WILL I STILL BE ABLE TO PLAY AN INSTRUMENT?
With practice and a period of adjustment, braces typically do not interfere with the playing of musical instruments.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I GET MY TEETH CLEANED?
Although our office will monitor your appliances regularly, it is still very important that you see your dentist preferably 4 times a year. Dental cleaning is important for good oral hygiene with braces because it prevents cavities from forming under the braces while you are wearing them.